Collingwood Magpies, Geelong Cats, Scott Pendlebury, referee, Patrick Dangerfield through goal, Joel Selwood, Jeremy Cameron


Geelong skipper Joel Selwood’s record 227th game as captain was one for the history books as his men pulled off an epic 43-point turnaround against Collingwood at the MCG.

The Pies were in control for the majority of the first half, but allowed the Cats to hang on in the game due to inaccuracy in front of goal.

Geelong signed up a few majors at the end of the second term to keep in touch. This included a 50-yard penalty and set-piece to Patrick Dangerfield which prompted comments from opposing skipper Scott Pendlebury.

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As the game passes, Dangerfield falls to the ground following a shepherd from defender Brayden Maynard. Dangerfield was then awarded a free-kick and a 50-yard penalty as Maynard was judged for obstructing the Geelong star’s run for the ball.

“Is there a fine for showmanship?” Pendlebury asked the referee.

“I’ll let the floor deal with it on Monday,” the umpire replied, as the 2016 medalist from Brownlow scored to put the Cats ahead before halftime.

The result then seemed all but settled, with the Pies scoring seven straight goals in the third term to pretty much bury the Cats.

With Esava Ratugolea also knocked out of the game at the final break with a lower leg injury, a comeback seemed unlikely.

However, incredibly, Geelong battled the scoreline to regain the lead 23 minutes into the final term.

Led by their key forwards, Jeremy Cameron converted his biggest sack as the Cat with six goals, while Tom Hawkins added three of his own to deliver the chocolates to their beloved captain.

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